There’s been a steady rise in infections in Cork this week.
A further 545 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the past 24 hours, 50 of which were in Cork, with four additional deaths from the disease.
Of the cases notified today, 294 are men and 244 are women and 77% are under 45 years of age. The median age is 29 years old.
As the country prepares to start reopening in the coming weeks, health experts are warning that the virus still poses a major threat to public health following a clear fall-off in the levels of compliance reported in recent weeks.
“The important thing to do as society reopens is to continue to risk assess your choices and your environment,” said Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health.
“Just because something is an option, doesn’t always mean it’s safe. Crowded places and enclosed spaces still carry a risk. If you don’t feel comfortable or feel a place is too crowded, leave.
“Encourage your friends and loved ones to continue to follow the basic measures to protect themselves and their families.”
Business owners urged to review safety practices
Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group asked business owners to carry out a review of their safety practices:
“Business owners, employees and customers have received welcome and much-awaited positive news regarding the restarting of our economy. However, it is extremely important that everyone take this time in anticipation of reopening to review their safety practices and protocols. This is for the benefit of us all, but critically for those who they employ.” Professor Nolan said.
“Remember that you have a duty of care to those that work for you, and your patrons and clients. Reopening comes with it the responsibility to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading in your establishment.”